Privacy & cookie policy

The NERC Arctic Office and NERC Arctic Research Programme websites log the user’s IP address which is automatically recognised by the web server.

We will not collect any information about you except that required for conducting business with you, or system administration of the Web server. The information collected will not be sold or rented; nor will it be shared with third parties except where we are required by the Government to audit website usage data using an independent auditor, and the information will be held securely by them.

This privacy policy only covers the NERC Arctic Office’s public corporate website (pages at the web address Other links within this site to other websites are not covered by this policy.

Cookie Policy

We use cookies to collect information about your activity on the website. Cookies do not contain any personal information and cannot be used to identify an individual user. If you choose not to accept the cookie, this will not affect your access to any of the facilities on this website.

Our Use of Cookies

The web statistics package we use on our site, Google Analytics, sets cookies to help us accurately estimate the number of visitors to the website and volumes of usage. This is to ensure that the service is available when you want it and fast.

Cookie NameExpiration TimeDescription
_ga2 yearsUsed to distinguish users
_gid24 hoursUsed to distinguish users
_gat1 minuteUsed to throttle request rate

We also set a cookie when the user clicks “accept” on our Cookie banner. This cookie is set to hide it for user on subsequent visits for 1 year.

And lastly, admin users on our website use cookies to log in to the administration area.

How to manage your cookies

To find out how to manage what cookies you allow, see your browser’s help section or your mobile phone manual. Or you can visit one of the non-government sites below, which have detailed information on how to manage, control or delete cookies.

Summary of terms

Used to locate and display Web pages via a software application. The most popular ones are Microsoft Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox.
Message given to a web browser by a web server. The message is then stored by the browser at a location on the user’s hard disc. Each time the browser requests a page from the server, this message is sent back. Cookies are often used to identify users and personalise their visit by customising web pages for them for example by welcoming them by name next time they visit the same site. A site using cookies will usually invite you to provide personal information such as your name, e-mail address and interests.
IP (Internet Protocol)
All networks connected to the internet speak IP, the technical standard which allows data to be transmitted between two devices. TCP/IP (Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol) is responsible for making sure messages get from one host to another and that the messages are understood.
IP address
If you are connected to the Internet you have one, for example it may look something like this:
Unwanted, unsolicited electronic mail – the internet version of junk mail.
Web Server
Delivers (serves up) web pages to your computer.